Remains: Dad’s Very Own Yellow Submarine

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As you have seen in past posts and on the Remains page of my portfolio site, my husband and I often team up to make custom wood signs for people. We had been wanting to make a special sign for my Dad for quite some time now. The fact that he has been putting together his art space in his new house inspired us to do it for Father’s Day.

See my Dad is not only an artist but has also influenced my rock music taste. One of his favorite things is the Beatles Yellow Submarine. So we made him his very own……..

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He was pretty blown away by it and totally surprised when he opened it. Just what we were hoping for. I can’t wait to see how it looks hanging in his studio! Here is a little collage I made of the photos from Father’s Day…..

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Stay Spooky and Keep Rockin’!
LDG Nicole

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Freaky Fanatics: Regina AKA Batgirl!

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Got a beautiful photo today of my best friend turned happy home owner and happy portrait gift receiver.

This is Regina holding up the “I Am Batman” split face portrait I drew for her house warming gift.

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See Regina and all the other happy people who own my artwork in my Freaky Fanatic slideshow! Prints and shirts are available of this art piece in my Etsy Shop as well!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Drippings: Harley Quinn For Ava

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Saturday was my goddaughter Ava’s very first gymnastics recital. In lieu of traditional flowers or stuffed animals I decided to put my artistic abilities to good use. Besides, Aunt Nicole is far from traditional anyways. 🙂 Seeing she is a big Harley Quinn fan (she even dressed up like the DC Super Hero Girls version of her this past Halloween) and often mentions the fact that she is a gymnast too, I used that for my inspiration. Seeing how passionate Ava is about this I decided to paint her a little Harley Quinn of her own. I even added some magical “super power” glitter to the blue and red streaks in her hair!

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Now typically you would give them their gifts after the recital. However as soon as she saw me holding a gift bag she started to ask questions ha ha. Then when I told her I made her something she got so excited I couldn’t hold off any more and let her open it. I made sure to tell her I made it because I am so proud of her!

When she opened it she said “HARLEY QUINN!!! HOW DO YOU DO THIS!!” and was all smiles! Totally made my day to see how much she loved it. Then she read the little note I put on the back “Ava… Follow Your Dreams. Love Aunt Nicole”

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On top of it she did an amazing job at her recital. Girl was on stage doing tumbling and one arm cartwheels without hesitation. So proud of her!

See more of my paintings on the Drippings page of my portfolio site!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Spitting Image: I Am Batman

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071512batman-dngnkSo I have been wanting to do a split face Batman portrait for a long time. I always imagined that if I did draw it I would choose my 2 favorites……Michael Keaton and Adam West. Well the best opportunity presented itself to me and pushed me forward to get this portrait done and off my bucket list. That inspiration was my best friend Regina.

See Regina has been a friend of mine since freshman year of high school. I am the fairy goth mother (aka godmother) of her ava-7th-bday-2016-3daughter Ava Nicole (see that middle name.. its after me).  She was the maid of honor in my wedding.. although she didn’t end up making it down the aisle as she was in the hospital having Ava ha ha. Miles apart or time passes and we are still just as close as we ever were. We have been through so many fun times, got each other through the worse of times and have shared so many milestone moments.

Well, Regina is going through one of those milestone moments right now with the purchase of her very own home. She has been a renter for many years and can finally purchase a house. Knowing her for so long I know what a huge step this is for her and I am super proud of her. I decided to make her the most unique house warming gift I could think of. Seeing she is the biggest Batman fan I know and has been for as long as I have known her, I decided to push myself to do that Batman split portrait for her! All she knew was I was making her something for a housewarming gift but didn’t know of what. That was until I finished it and sent her a photo of it today.

Her reaction “OHHHHHH my god! I LOVE IT!”

I call it “I Am Batman” (as Regina and I both feel these 2 are the real Batmans ha ha). It was done in pencil, charcoal and pastel chalks.

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I am looking forward to giving it to her in person this weekend! Prints and t-shirts will be available in my Etsy Shop for you fellow Batman geeks out there!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

 

Spitting Image: Limited Edition Framed Prints

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When I vended the Hardcore Hearse Club show in June I decided to display and sell my portrait prints framed. However I wanted to be more creative about it. I didn’t want to just put them in frames. I wanted to add my artistic flare to them. I also wanted to make them limited edition so that they were one of a kind to whomever bought them.

So what I did is I purchased unique frames from thrift stores and completely up cycled them by doing what I do best….. I painted, decorated, etc each one of them to coincide with the theme of the artwork.

Since they were such a hit I have decided to continue doing them. I have also decided that when I am not vending they will now be available in my Etsy Shop.

If you go to the Spitting Image page of my portfolio site you can see the ones that I have made so far.

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If you go to the Spitting Image section of my Etsy Shop you will see which pieces are currently available for purchase!

Please note that the Exorcist/Regan piece is currently listed under the Back Bone section because I always donate to the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation whenever I sell a piece of my work that is inspired by her.

Also the Lily Munster piece is still currently available. Please contact me directly if you are interested in this piece.

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Etsy rules advise against posting Munsters related items on their site. Despite the fact that my piece is one of a kind and not a direct replica I still do not risk it out of respect of their wishes. So if you are interested in this specific piece (or just a print of it) I can work with you via PayPal. Please note I have gotten a lot of inquiries both in person and online for the framed version. So if you want it I would definitely act fast and contact me!

Remember all of these pieces are limited edition because the frames are up cycled and no 2 will ever be the same! If you are interested in a print that does not currently have a custom up cycled frame option contact me and we can work together to make one custom for you!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

 

 

 

Remains: 10 Year Anniversary Gift

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Over the weekend we drove out to visit our friends Mike and Heather. We joined them along with their other friends and family to celebrate their milestone 10 year wedding anniversary.

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Heather’s Instagram post showing all of us at their wedding in 2006 and then all of us celebrating their anniversary now in 2016

 

My husband and I decided to make them a gift. I got to thinking of various ideas and then it hit me.. our recent Philly trip with them!!  Then I thought how perfect it would be to make one of our wood wall hangings of the Philly Love statue. Not only because it says Love on it but also because we shared a pretty funny adventure trying to see the real thing (due to road construction and a man dressed like Jesus preaching and praying with people around it). Needless to say we did a lot of drive by photo taking of the statue and never actually got to see it up close.

So Frank and I got to work. He got the wood, I drew it out, he used the saw to cut it out, he sanded it and then I painted it. We decided to use a gloss top coat to seal it because the real statue is actually very reflective and shiny.

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They loved the gift. Heather opened it and immediately started to crack up. She totally “got it”. She even started planning out where she wants to hang it in the house.

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It was a great time with great friends. So happy to have them in our lives. Here is to many more years of friendship as we all grow old together.

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See more of our wooden wall hangings in the Remains section of my portfolio website!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Remains: Turrise Wedding and Gifting

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I had posted photos a couple of months ago from my cousin Nellie’s bridal shower. Well the big day was yesterday. For October in Chicago they could not have gotten a more beautiful day. Everything about the wedding and reception was beautiful. You could just see how in love the 2 of them are and how perfect it all fell into place for them. It’s really neat knowing that they started dating in high school and stayed together all these years just like Frank and I. The kicker… the same high school. BT love stories I tell ya ha ha.

I have been sick for the past few days (digestive disorder is a bit out of control) so I was just happy to be able to attend, support them and witness how memorable it all was. Starting to finally feel somewhat better today and taking it easy the rest of the day while editing photos and laying around.

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Frank and I decided to join forces and make them a wedding gift. I am so happy we got a head start on it with me getting ill. The idea came to me as I was thinking how well we did working together to make our great niece Violet a wooden Marie wall hanging. I thought it would be rather symbolic if we joined forces again to make another special gift together for Nellie and Vince’s special day. Even more so it being from one married couple in the family to another. I had a vision of sorts in my head because I knew Nellie loved owls. You all know my appreciation of owls comes from my Mom so when I have a chance to use them to make something special I am all over it.

I thought this time it would be fun to not just share the finished piece but to also share some photos of the work in progress.

I sketched it out with different ideas and versions. Frank got the wood and had me draw the final idea we both agreed on directly on to the wood. He then cut it out by hand with a saw and hand sanded it to make sure it was a smooth surface.

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I then did my thing and painted it. This shot was taken during the painting process.

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When it was all dry I painted the sides and back and then Frank put a nice clear coat on top of it. Then I wrapped it along with an picture hanging kit in cellophane, attached the card and added a cute polka dot green ribbon (Nellie’s favorite color).

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When we got to the reception we saw my Dad also made a artistic gift for the couple (now you see where I get it from ha ha). He drew a caricature of them and included a mat for all the guests to sign! Our wall hanging set perfectly next to it and the other gifts that people brought.

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For fun here are a few photos I got at the reception (before we had to leave because of me not feeling well.. ugh)….

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Frank and I with the stunning newlyweds Nellie and Vince

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Me with my beautiful cousins Nellie (the new wifey Turrise), Chelsea (the maid of honor) and our awesome Aunt Maureen

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A photo my Dad took of Frank and I at our table

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My new favorite photo of me and my Daddio 🙂 Not only my Dad but my artistic inspiration.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole